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    Apple introduced its latest device to the world at an event in San Francisco today: the iPad. Saying that it fit into the space between the iPhone and the MacBook, company CEO Steve Jobs praised the new device as Apple's "most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price.” The lowest-end model will retail for $499 US, and a fully-loaded 64GB iPad with 3G connectivity will sell for $829. The iPad will start shipping to customers in April, with 3G models coming a month after that.

    The iPad is a half-inch (1.25 cm) thick, weighs 1.5 pounds (688 g) and has a 9.7-inch IPS touch screen with a 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch. It comes in three models: 16, 32 and 64 GB, with and without 3G; all models have WiFi and Bluetooth wireless. The battery lasts for 10 hours, and according to Apple, the iPad can remain on standby for a month without needing a charge. It comes with a standard 30-pin iPod/iPhone dock connector and can output HD video at 576x480 pixels, progressive or interlaced, with the optional Apple Composite A/V Cable.

    “It’s so much more intimate than a laptop and so much more capable than a smart phone,” Jobs said of the iPad, sitting on a couch as he demoed its features. He showed the different capabilities of the device, browsing the Web (with a minor gaffe as a Flash plugin apparently failed to load), manipulating photos, playing music, videos and games, and reading e-books. “In order to really create a new category of devices, those devices are going to have to be far better at doing some key tasks,” Jobs said. “Otherwise it has no reason for being.”

    Apple also introduced an App Store-like marketplace for electronic books called iBookstore at the event, as well as a multi-touch enabled version of iWork that will be available from the App Store for $30, or users can buy the Pages, Keynote and Numbers separately for $9.99 each. The iPad runs all current apps, either iPhone-sized with a large black-border, or at a 2x up-res full screen. Apple also announced a new SDK allowing devs to easily design for the iPad.

    The device is powered by Apple's first CPU, the 1 GHz A4. Apple had purchased PA Semiconductor, a manufacturer known for making power-efficient processors, back in 2008. According to Apple, this SoC (system-on-a-chip) allows the iPad to play back HD video for 10 hours before requiring a full battery charge.

    Gizmodo, among other websites, already have their hands on the iPad and are putting it through its paces. Mark Wilson, Gizmodo's reviewer, says the device is extremely fast and has a solid feel. The size and resolution of the screen also won kudos. The device apparently runs a slightly modified version of the current iPhone 3 OS, which ought to be released with the iPad as iPhone OS 3.2 (rather than iPhone 4 as some rumors had held).

    ModMyi.com also has an iPad Forums section live now.

    image via Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad: 1 GHz CPU, 9.7" Screen, WiFi. Starting at $499. started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 347 Comments
    1. vindutch's Avatar
      vindutch -
      If Apple can design me an iphone that i can stretch open to the size of an ipad and back again. Then it will be the ultimate revolutionary portable device. "Its just that simple"
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      Quote Originally Posted by DaMan05 View Post
      How are those high expectations? Those are features that have been available on tablets for years and years. High expectations would be multiple cameras, OLED screens and built-in expandable invisibility cloaks.

      But like I already said, I realized that we're all comparing this to a tablet. But it's not a tablet. It's designed to do Web, Email, Calendar, Books and Apps and I think it'll do those things really well.

      But are those few things worth $500?

      No.
      Who said this was a tablet, who said it was designed to compete with tablets, its a tweener market, a MONEY MAKING MARKET.

      $500 is cheap.

      For the third time, IT HAS GPS

      http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Even the most expensive one is dirt cheap
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      Quote Originally Posted by H0CKEY View Post
      this will put a stain on Apples ipad aka maxipad

      YouTube - Amazing U1 Hybrid iPad from Lenovo Trumps Apple!!! - Tekzilla
      Ughhhh, thats one laggy, flimsy lookin tablet. - Had apple introduced something like that I would have been upset. Simply not competition for the iPad.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Very dissapointed, expect something better
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      I agree with "DaMan05" & Apple could've atleast added an ichat camera to make it stand out from the iphone, but this is relly just a bigger ipoid touch with expected new UI enhancements that take advantage of the bigger display. Lastly, the U1 Hybrid is looks really laggy and worse than the ipad. seems like the last hope for this kidn of device is the Microsoft Courier.(should it ever come out)
    1. willis0037's Avatar
      willis0037 -
      barely were are the themes, I want Apple to release themes so I can sell mine on iTunes
    1. PStuLovesCrackk's Avatar
      PStuLovesCrackk -
      [QUOTE=StealthBravo;5103813]He is gone

      DUDE OMFG YOUR SOO COOL BRO!
    1. xwinger's Avatar
      xwinger -
      Quote Originally Posted by javiert30 View Post
      Very dissapointed, expect something better
      wtf were you expecting
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Quote Originally Posted by DaMan05 View Post
      I need somewhere to rant! I HATE APPLE! they did the same thing with the first iPhone. They made it a piece of garbage at the start and then slowly improved it. Making people buy every new version because it had new features. Even though all the features could have been in the first iPhone.

      Here, I was mad so I made a list!

      -Low resolution (1024x768) thats not even widescreen! thats not even HD! thats only 576p!

      -No flash!!!!!!! an internet tablet WITHOUT FLASH?!?!

      -Slow 1GHz processor for everything! one slow *** 1GHz Apple branded processor that takes care of all processing including video and graphics. this is gonna be one slow device. Even the Nexus One has a 1GHz processor

      -No multitasking!!!!!! WTF?!?!?!?!? can't have a web page open and word-process at the same time?!!

      -Ugly big bezel around the screen. thats just fugly. the next one will have a super slim bezel which will make the device alot nicer and everyone will want it

      -How do you type on it? uummmm.... you can't type while holding it with both hands. and if you keep it on a table, you look down and type? thats gonna mess up your neck

      -Still AT&T? even with their abysmal 3G service?

      -Read ebooks on it!?! How are you gonna read full books on a normal LCD screen? other e-readers using e-Ink screens that are easy on the eyes. i'd go blind reading a whole book on a bright screen

      -NO GPS! not really needed but come on!

      -No USB ports?!?!?! thats just dumb.

      -Slide to unlock... lmaooooo like you might by mistakely unlock it in your pocket :P

      BUT... everyone will buy it now and everyone will buy it again when the next model comes out with all the features they could have easily added not but didnt on purpose so that people buy it again next year
      I have to agree with you on everything you said. I don't care if the lower end model was 200 dollars because I still would not waste the money on this oversized IPod touch. I mean really who is going to carry this thing around like an IPod touch or an IPhone? Are people going to put songs on this thing and take it out walking or will they have this in their car checking e-mail or looking things up on the web? Thatís just my opinion on this and Iím sure there are people who will find it useful but I just canít see it.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      The iPad is going to own this is fact if only because it'll let me show everyone my sick Peggle shots in a 10" screen now making it easier to stand on a table while yelling "ODE TO JOY FOR MAXIMUM ENJOYMENT, SUCKAS!".

      Now they'll be able to actually see why I'm yelling.

      Quote Originally Posted by xwinger View Post
      wtf were you expecting
      Just like the rumors for the iPhone 3GS, and 3G, and original iPhone, and just about every iPod, they wanted a device that does EVERYTHING at the cost of one that does nothing.

      Quote Originally Posted by willis0037 View Post
      barely were are the themes, I want Apple to release themes so I can sell mine on iTunes
      Honest question, how can you (or anyone really) can stand to make a profit from selling themes? By themes I'm assuming full skins for the UI including icons... wouldn't that require you to support icons for all 100,000+ apps the iPhone has? Else you'd be liable to not providing the goods the customer is purchasing...
    1. wbco's Avatar
      wbco -
      Very disappointed! I don't need a 10" ipod walking around ~_~
    1. sanduskm's Avatar
      sanduskm -
      Quote Originally Posted by tekno1234 View Post
      I agree but, running osx might make the system slower since it's running on a modified iphone os.
      What? He means running OSX instead of iPhone OS...
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Even the most expensive one is dirt cheap
      Dirt cheap? Well yeah I guess compared to other Apple products this would be dirt cheap, but paying $829, more than $300 more than the unsubsidized price of a 3GS, for something with less features and less mobility is ludicrous
    1. nomaDic Version's Avatar
      nomaDic Version -
      ***sigh***

      Well to think how great it COULD have been. Does Steve not frequent this site? Can he not here what the people want? I agree with the guy who called it the iFail. lol. I think this thing will tank.
    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -
      As much as I respect Apple, I have to agree with the guy who brought up the Newton.

      To be perfectly honest, there isn't anything that sticks out about this other then it's a larger version of the iPod Touch.

      In a lot of ways, it feels as if we were handed a CD Player and told it was this amazing new technology AFTER we had already been given MP3 Players.

      Can I see a benefit to such a device? Sure. It competes well with the Kindle, and Sony E-Readers... But other wise, it's really just a glorified iPhone that can't make a phone call.

      From the back it looks sharp and sleek, but from the front, it looks clunky and cheap.

      There's alot of real estate going on in the Home Screen, but instead of utilizing it, it's got slightly bigger-if-not-the-same-size icons as an iPod/Phone.

      It would have been considerably more impressive if it was loaded with OS X or even had the ability to have a dual option interface.

      So like the original iPhone, I would say it's cute, but seriously seriously lacking in any real features that didn't come out until the 3G came out.

      It's a cute toy, might be fun for the gadget enthusiast, but in no way does it appear to be practical or useful to someone who already owns a laptop or iPhone or iPod Touch.

      I guess the real question would be: Why would I buy this when I already have a 17inch Macbook, a 17inch Laptop, a Desktop, an iPhone, and even perhaps a media center for my television.

      Even without all that, and say I'm normal and just have an iPhone and a laptop, why would I buy one?

      I will be interested in seeing the future generations of this though, provided it doesn't go the way of the Newton...
    1. ravelsnip's Avatar
      ravelsnip -
      Sounds BS...Can't understand what is the need for this for people who already have iphones. Except for the bigger resolution, which they can anyhow use by a/v cables
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Just like the rumors for the iPhone 3GS, and 3G, and original iPhone, and just about every iPod, they wanted a device that does EVERYTHING at the cost of one that does nothing.
      lol. what does that even mean?

      name a feature that would have cost Apple a lot to add that people are disappointed about it not having. forward-facing camera for video conferencing? next to nothing. bluetooth? next to nothing. multitasking support? this has the power to handle it, and "smart" devices have been doing multitasking since...2002?

      how about you name a single feature that you can suggest was "too much" for them to implement. I don't think anyone is asking for anything we don't already see on a netbook at half the price. lest we forget this product is competing against those products.

      sorry dude, but I hate the Apple apologist thinking process where everything is treated as if it were a blessing and everything missing is "totally unnecessary" or "a waste of time" or "who'd ever use that?" I saw a comment left on a blog today from an apple fanboy suggesting nobody would have wanted a camera on the device. what? but if it had a camera or front-facing camera for video, that same guy would have talked about it like it was the best thing ever. so shallow.r

      Quote Originally Posted by boe_dye View Post
      As much as I respect Apple, I have to agree with the guy who brought up the Newton.

      To be perfectly honest, there isn't anything that sticks out about this other then it's a larger version of the iPod Touch.

      In a lot of ways, it feels as if we were handed a CD Player and told it was this amazing new technology AFTER we had already been given MP3 Players.

      Can I see a benefit to such a device? Sure. It competes well with the Kindle, and Sony E-Readers... But other wise, it's really just a glorified iPhone that can't make a phone call.

      From the back it looks sharp and sleek, but from the front, it looks clunky and cheap.

      There's alot of real estate going on in the Home Screen, but instead of utilizing it, it's got slightly bigger-if-not-the-same-size icons as an iPod/Phone.

      It would have been considerably more impressive if it was loaded with OS X or even had the ability to have a dual option interface.

      So like the original iPhone, I would say it's cute, but seriously seriously lacking in any real features that didn't come out until the 3G came out.

      It's a cute toy, might be fun for the gadget enthusiast, but in no way does it appear to be practical or useful to someone who already owns a laptop or iPhone or iPod Touch.

      I guess the real question would be: Why would I buy this when I already have a 17inch Macbook, a 17inch Laptop, a Desktop, an iPhone, and even perhaps a media center for my television.

      Even without all that, and say I'm normal and just have an iPhone and a laptop, why would I buy one?

      I will be interested in seeing the future generations of this though, provided it doesn't go the way of the Newton...
      the device isn't for us. it's for the tech-averse.

      that's the only answer that makes sense.
    1. aomphantom's Avatar
      aomphantom -
      This is a prototype of Nvidia Tablet, when it comes out I am certain it will make the "iSuck" Tablet crawl in a hole and die for being so pathetic.

      NVIDIA Tegra tablet prototype hands-on -- Engadget
    1. 1shuttle1's Avatar
      1shuttle1 -
      Does anyone find it funny that AT&T could not release tethering on the iphone cause their network could not handle the bandwidth. But now all the sudden they can handle the oversized iTouch (ipad) that has been hyped the greatest internet browser ever. Makes you wonder if they new this was coming all along. Sure would make it a lot easier to swallow the price if you could just tether the iphone to this thing and not have to pay for two data plans. Just have to wait and see if PDA net and apps like it will work with the ipad. Kind of pathetic to make people with a 3G device already have to pay again when the technology is already there to just tether. GREED